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James Foley

21st August, 2014

Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of James Foley whose murder at the hands of extremists in Syria has shocked the world. There is little doubt that this crime has been deliberately staged to attract the maximum amount of fear and outrage and we do not wish to placate his killers by overstating the obvious. His life, work and beliefs have been eloquently summed up by his family whom have demonstrated immense courage throughout this ordeal which began nearly two years ago.

 

We urge all those considering commissions in conflict zones to consider the risks associated with such work and pay careful attention to the advice given by organisations such as the IFJ and NUJ. There are presently over 20 foreigners believed to be kidnapped in Syria alone. A further 60 journalists (most of them local) have been killed since that conflict started.

 

Statement by the IFJ here.

Branch Secretary Needed

25th June, 2014

The branch is functioning without a secretary and will be holding an election for the post at its next branch meeting (29th July). If you are a full member of the branch and would like to stand, please get in touch with one of the committee members (contact details on the Committee page of this site) or just come along to the meeting. It’s a chance to make a vital contribution to the branch in collaboration with other committee members. The workload isn’t great: taking the minutes at one branch meeting and one committee meeting a month, and plenty of support if you need it. Job-sharers are welcome.

July Branch Meeting: FILLING THE DIARY

23rd July, 2014

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6.00pm Tuesday 29 July, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

 

Those of you who regularly hit the streets of London will have noticed branch member Peter Marshall covering pretty much every cultural and political event that our capital has to offer. Few photographers are more prolific when it comes to being everywhere at once. For this meeting Peter will explain how he fills his well-known London Diary ensuring that he knows everything that is worth knowing at any given time. A useful meeting for those of us on the look out for news events and filling our stock libraries. No photographer wants to be sat around doing nothing.

 

We will also be discussing and voting on important motions in support of journalists in Palestine and NUJ member Mark Thomas.
 

June Branch Meeting Minutes Posted

25th June, 2014

The minutes of the June branch meeting have been posted on the Members’ area of this site.  If you are a branch member, do not have access and would like it, please email info@londonphotographers.org

May Branch Meeting: Digital Convergence & the NUJ

22nd May, 2014

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Our May branch meeting, with NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet, will be an opportunity for members to discuss our rapidly evolving workplace and how the NUJ can address our needs. Members are encouraged to bring ideas for courses and maintaining standards within our profession.

6.00pm Tuesday 27 May, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

April Branch Meeting: The Safety of Journalists

25th April, 2014

Daheih, South Beirut, Lebanon. After a night of bombing by Israe

The discussion at this month’s branch meeting will be about the intensifying violence against journalists who report on events around the world. The guest speaker is Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents around 600,000 members in more than 134 countries.

Over the past 12 years more than 1,100 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty, because someone did not like what they wrote or said, or because they were in the wrong place in the wrong time. The IFJ monitors press freedom violations and campaigns for greater safety and for a focus on the in-country journalists and freelances, who are at greatest risk and who have the least protection. It has also launched a global campaign to end violence against women journalists.

6.00pm Tuesday 29 April, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

NUJ Surveillance & Blacklisting Campaign

27th March, 2014

As part of the campaign against blacklisting and surveillance the NUJ is asking for more members to submit subject access requests to find out what data the police have stored on journalists.

If you feel that in the course of your work you might have come under police scrutiny, or you have found yourself in front of a police camera lens, noticed an intelligence officer seeming to take interest in you, writing in their note books, or otherwise recording observations, it may be worth taking 30 minutes to fill in this form and send it off to help the NUJ expose and stop the monitoring of journalists.

More info here.

Jason Parkinson

LPB calls for Getty Images boycott

27th March, 2014

 
The LPB has proposed a Late Notice motion to the April NUJ Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne calling for a union-wide boycott of the purchase or use of photographs from Getty Images. This follows an announcement by the company that it is making 35 million pictures available free of charge for “non-commercial” use.

The Getty Images definition of “non-commercial” is extraordinarily wide. Most significantly for our members, it includes all editorial use. It also includes blogs using Google Ads to generate income – only direct promotion of a product, service or company is regarded as commercial.

This is a disastrous move for photographers. The British Journal of Photography (BJP) has described it as having “single-handedly redefined the entire photography market”. It cannot be allowed to stand. More detail can be found on the BJP website here and here.

LATE NOTICE MOTION AGREED UNANIMOUSLY AT THE LPB MARCH MEETING:

Boycott Getty Images

This DM is appalled at Getty’s decision to make its photographic content available free of charge for so-called “non-commercial” use, thereby further undermining the ability of photographers to earn a living. This DM instructs the NEC to ensure NUJ publications avoid the use of Getty Images and to call upon all members to boycott the purchase or use of Getty Images photographic content wherever possible until Getty reverses this decision.

( No cost )

March Branch Meeting

24th March, 2014

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At this month’s branch meeting we will be looking at the motions proposed for the NUJ Delegate Meeting next month. This will give us the opportunity to discuss the policies being lined up for our union, and to vote on how our delegates should address them at DM. The DM agenda is available (to NUJ members only) on the main NUJ website.

There will be the usual nibbles and networking, most likely followed by a visit to the Lucas Arms. See you there.

6.00pm Tuesday 25 March, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

 

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